Preparing for a wider opening of education settings

18 May 2020

In its COVID-19 Recovery Strategy, the Government said that it wanted to begin a gradual return to work in England by way of a three-stage process. The second stage would begin no earlier than 1 June (subject to the most up-to-date assessment of the risk posed by the virus). Paul Clarke explores the guidance available for schools to prepare for a wider opening.

A more complex H&S return to the classroom

11 May 2020

A phased-return to primary schools expected by early June after more than two and a half months of COVID-19 lockdown could be more demanding than usual from a health and safety perspective with not only new and strange but also old and familiar risks. Jon Herbert reports.

The current COVID-19 health and safety priorities

28 April 2020

As the COVID-19 emergency evolves, understanding your changing occupational health and safety responsibilities becomes more challenging. There is a lot of guidance from the Health and Safety Executive continually being updated online. Jon Herbert reports.

Employee mental health and the coronavirus

17 April 2020

As the pandemic continues, employees may be struggling with their mental health, especially if they are working from home for the first time. Ben McCarthy, lead researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines ways of tackling this issue.

An initial look at furlough and the Job Retention Scheme

16 April 2020

This article was written on 23 March and is based on guidance that was in place on that date. The Government has subsequently amended and clarified its guidance meaning that some features of this article may not be up to date. See our article Furlough and the Job Retention Scheme Q&As for up to date information on the Job Retention Scheme.

COVID-19: guidance on safeguarding children

13 April 2020

A great deal of general and educational sector-specific safe working advice is already available online. However, as circumstances evolve and official information is updated continuously, new guidance has been released about safeguarding young people at school, college or home. Jon Herbert highlights the relevant sources and looks at the guidance in more detail.

April’s employment law changes

1 April 2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, employers may be forgiven for forgetting about some key changes that are happening this month. Andrew Willis, senior manager of the Litigation and Employment Department at Croner outlines the main changes that employers can be reminded of.

Stress, mental health and mobile technology

22 March 2020

Mobile technology has transformed how we work and undoubtedly improved it in terms of communication, efficiency and flexibility. But with 24/7 access to our working lives is there a chance that all this progress is to the detriment of our health? Charlie Turner of System Concepts reports.